by Steve Carney
Chris Archer threw a pair of scoreless innings, and James Loney blasted his first home run of the spring, as the Tampa Bay Rays went to Fort Myers and left with an 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday.
Tampa Bay got on the board in the top of the first inning, as David DeJesus led off with a ground-rule double off Buchholz, and scored three batters later when Joyce singled to left.
The Rays added three more runs an inning later, as Jose Molina led off the inning by drawing a walk from reliever Rubby De La Rosa. Two batters later DeJesus tripled into the triangle to bring the catcher all the way around from first base. After Escobar struck out, Loney then uncorked a blast to right field over the visiting bullpen and on to the concourse for a two-run shot for a 4-0 lead.
Archer allowed just one hit in two innings of works, striking out one without walking a batter.
Jose Molina drove in the fifth run in the third inning, drilling a De La Rosa pitch off the top of the wall in left field, allowing Matt Joyce, who singled his way on to score from second base.
The Rays continued to pile on in the fifth, thanks to a solo home run by Sean Rodriguez and a two-run double into the triangle by Hak-Ju Lee.
Boston had a couple of opportunities to try and push runs across early, but came up empty each time.
Tampa Bay can extend their spring winning streak to four games with a victory Wednesday when the New York Yankees come to town. Left-hander Cesar Ramos, who is now in consideration for the fifth starter spot, will get the nod against Adam Warren. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.
Listen to manager Joe Maddon, Chris Archer, and Jose Molina speak after Tuesday's win.